Sheriff's Office Provides Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box

Monday, August 06, 2012

MEDIA RELEASE                                        

TO: Boulder County Area Media

FROM:  Cmdr. Scot Williams, #303-441-3651

RE: Sheriff’s Office Accepting Expired/Unused Prescription Drugs for Destruction

Sheriff Joe Pelle is pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office can now accept expired or unused prescription drugs from the public for destruction.

Previously, the Sheriff’s Office had participated in periodic “prescription drug drop-off” programs coordinated in conjunction with the Boulder County Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Unfortunately, these events only occur once or twice a year and typically at two or three sites county-wide.

However, in cooperation with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. (NADDI) and Endo Pharmaceuticals, the Sheriff’s Office recently obtained a grant-funded secure drug drop box that will allow the public to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at their convenience. The prescription drug drop box has been installed in the vestibule of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, and will be available to the public during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).   

There are a couple of restrictions worth noting: the Sheriff’s Office can’t accept liquids, hypodermic needles or other “sharps”, or any bio-hazardous materials.  

The Sheriff’s Office will accumulate the materials and then arrange for their safe and legal destruction in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Questions may be directed to Technician Debbie Trever or Technician Rachel Day in the Sheriff’s Office’s Property and Evidence Section at #303-441-3629.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to continue their participation in the periodic “prescription drug drop-off” programs sponsored by the Health Department and DEA.

Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

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